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Sick notes to be replaced by ‘Fit Notes' from 6 April 2010
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • United Kingdom
  • March 31 2010

From 6 April 2010, the sick note an employee currently has to obtain from his GP if he is absent from work for eight days or more will be replaced by a new "Statement of Fitness for Work" medical statement (known as a "Fit Note") in the form below


New National Minimum Wage rates from 1 October 2011
  • Squire Sanders Hammonds
  • United Kingdom
  • April 8 2011

Following recommendations from the Low Pay Commission, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced the National Minimum Wage rates that will apply from 1 October 2011:The adult rate (for workers aged 21 and over) will increase by 15p from £5


Tax treatment of post-P45 termination payments
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • United Kingdom
  • March 25 2011

As the law currently stands, if an employer makes a termination payment to an employee after the P45 has been issued, and the payment is taxable (in whole or in part), it is required to deduct tax at basic rate only


What’s coming into force in April 2011?
  • Squire Sanders Hammonds
  • United Kingdom
  • March 31 2011

A number of employment law changes will be taking place in April 2011


Government publishes its Equality Strategy including plans on positive action and gender pay reporting
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • United Kingdom
  • December 7 2010

The Government has published 'The Equality Strategy - Building a Fairer Britain', setting out its new approach to equality


Employer liable to ex-employee for negligent email
  • Squire Sanders Hammonds
  • United Kingdom
  • May 17 2011

It is well established that employers must be careful about what they say about ex-employees when giving references


Ensure final written warnings are issued fairly especially if you want to rely on them later
  • Squire Sanders Hammonds
  • United Kingdom
  • March 24 2011

Most employers are aware of the need to tick all the relevant procedural boxes when it comes to taking a decision to dismiss - but how confident are you that your managers apply the same rigorous approach when issuing final written warnings?


To what extent does TUPE constitute a defence to an equal pay claim?
  • Squire Sanders Hammonds
  • United Kingdom
  • July 22 2011

TUPE and equal pay, possibly the two employment issues that employers dread most!


Do employees have a right to legal representation at a disciplinary hearing?
  • Squire Sanders Hammonds
  • United Kingdom
  • July 22 2011

Not if they work for a private sector employer


Should employees on long-term sick leave accrue holiday indefinitely?
  • Squire Sanders Hammonds
  • European Union
  • July 22 2011

And finally, with the holiday season upon us, it seems only right that we should highlight a recent case working its way through the European Courts which may curtail the holiday that employees can claim to accrue during periods of long-term sick leave